Relationships are complicated. They're also really important because we all need to be loved and cared for. But it's not always easy to have a good relationship, especially if you don't know how to deal with the negative emotions that come up in them. Here are some ways to make sure your relationship is as healthy as possible:

What is a healthy relationship?

A healthy relationship is one in which both people are comfortable with their own needs, wants and desires. When you're in a healthy relationship, you don't feel as though your partner is trying to control every aspect of your life. A healthy relationship is about giving as much as it is about taking. It's about being able to communicate with each other without anger or resentment or jealousy getting in the way of that communication process. It's also about mutual respect and trust; when both parties feel like they can trust each other without fear that they'll be hurt in some way, then they'll have a much better chance at having an amicable outcome when problems arise.

The eight pillars of healthy relationships

Healthy relationships are built on eight pillars: trust, communication, respect, commitment, compromise, support and love. These pillars must be present to create a positive and healthy relationship.

Trust means that you can rely on your partner to be there for you when you need them most. The amount of trust in a relationship varies from couple to couple but it’s very important for both parties to feel like they can count on each other when needed most. Communication is an essential part of any healthy relationship because it allows both partners to express their feelings openly without fear of judgement or rejection from the other party involved in said conversation at hand.

Respect shows how much value you place upon something or someone which includes respect towards yourself as well as others around us whether they be family members friends/coworkers etc..The more respect we show towards others around us then this will help build stronger relationships within society overall because everyone has been taught since youth about how important respecting others really is which makes it easier for everyone involved with maintaining healthy relationships throughout their lives.

What is a toxic relationship?

In a toxic relationship, you feel like you're not getting your needs met. You feel like your partner is always putting their wants and needs before yours. It's hard to get time alone together because they're always busy with something else, or they never seem to have time for anything else besides work or their hobbies. They might snap at you when things don't go their way, ignore your calls or texts for days at a time without any explanation, or make plans without asking if it’s okay with you first (like meeting up with friends without telling you).

You may even find yourself feeling like your partner has control over how much affection they show toward you — sometimes showing more affection than other times. To be clear: this isn't the same thing as a healthy relationship where there are ups and downs because people aren't perfect all the time; instead, there's someone who is constantly putting themselves on top of everything — including what should be an equal partnership!

How to know you're in a toxic relationship

What are the signs of toxic relationships?

  • Look for signs of abuse. Physical and sexual abuse can be obvious. But there are also many less obvious forms, such as emotional or financial abuse. You may not see any physical bruises on someone who is being emotionally or financially abused, but you should still trust your gut: If something feels off about the relationship, it probably is.
  • Look for addictions to drugs, alcohol and other substances that impair judgment and control over behavior (such as gambling). An addiction is a compulsive need to use the substance despite negative consequences that result from doing so—and it can lead to dangerous situations in relationships by making people do things they wouldn't normally do under normal circumstances. Having one partner with an addiction means having another who has been negatively affected by it—and this kind of stress can destroy even healthy relationships over time if left unchecked.

How to leave an abusive or toxic relationship

If you're in an abusive or toxic relationship, it's important to get out of it as soon as possible. Leaving is a process that can take time and requires support from friends, family and other people who understand what you're going through.

Here are some steps to help guide you:

  • Leave physically. This means moving away from your partner and getting help finding somewhere else to live. If they don't allow this because they threaten violence against you or other people if they see each other together again, then go somewhere safe like a friend’s house where they won’t know where to find you. If there are children involved then tell them about the abuse so they know how serious it is so that when one day they grow up hopefully this doesn't happen again in their own relationships when starting out with someone new;
  • Leave emotionally by ending all contact with him/her for now - no phone calls or messages sent back-and-forth until things calm down enough mentally without feeling threatened by them being around because once an abusive relationship ends there's always room for fear instilled within us by past experiences which could lead us back toward falling into another trap like we did before which could result in more harm than good (needless pain & suffering) since time heals wounds better than anything else - talking too much may cause damage later on down the line so only talk when necessary! Don't waste energy discussing anything else right now besides plans on leaving safely;

Tips for effective communication with your partner

When you're communicating with your partner, you should:

  • Be honest and direct. Don't beat around the bush! If you have a problem or concern, bring it up right away. If you're feeling sad or angry, say so—you can't expect your partner to guess.
  • Ask for what you want in clear language. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and end up saying "yes" when we really mean "no," but this can lead to resentment down the road if our partners aren't aware of our true desires. Don't be afraid to ask directly for something like space if that's what's needed; just make sure that whatever comes out of your mouth is something both parties can agree on before proceeding with further action (such as giving each other some space).
  • Listen with an open mind and heart when others speak; don't judge or jump to conclusions based on their tone or body language alone! This will make all conversations much smoother overall since everyone involved knows exactly where they stand without having any misunderstandings arise later on due solely upon miscommunication between two busy minds trying not only understand one another but also think creatively enough while doing so!

How to keep a healthy relationship happy

  • Good communication is key. You need to be able to talk about how you're feeling and what's going on in your life. Communication also means listening, not just talking.
  • Understand each other's values and beliefs. Communication isn't just about talking; it's also about understanding each other's values, interests and beliefs so that you can respect them—and accept them when they differ from yours.
  • Be kind, honest and supportive of each other at all times—even when things aren't going well in your relationship or if there are problems between the two of you because these actions will build trust within the relationship which will make it easier for both people involved to show affection towards one another without worrying about whether their partner might think less of them because they showed signs of affection towards someone else at some point during their relationship together with their partner!

Relationships are complicated, but there are things you can do to make them better.

Relationships are complicated. It’s hard to find someone who is compatible with you, let alone someone who wants the same things in life that you do. But there are things you can do to make your relationship better.

You can't control other people, but you can control yourself. You can't change other people, but if there's something about yourself that needs changing then maybe it's time to look at that instead of blaming everything on your partner or friends. You can't change the past (unless it was actually awful), but if things aren't working out now then there’s still time for a fresh start before things get too far along the way they are now!


We hope that this guide has helped you understand more about what makes a relationship healthy and what doesn't. Relationships can be complicated, but there are things you can do to make them better. It's important to know when something is toxic and how to leave an abusive or toxic relationship. You should also try your best not to take things personally in order to avoid unnecessary conflict with your partner. Finally, remember that communication is key!